32 days in Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

32 days in Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 5 nights
Drive
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Brasov, Romania
— 6 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Take a break from Sofia with a short trip to Go Borovets in Borovets, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint George, make a trip to Boyana Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sofia journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sofia is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Sofia, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Rila, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Belmeken Dam and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rila trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 5 nights

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Venture out of the city with trips to House-Museum of Ivan Vazov (in Sopot), Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, and view the masterpieces at Art Studio 42.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Rila to Plovdiv by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

Nessebar, Bulgaria

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nessebar: Sozopol (Church of Saint Zosima, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, get in on the family fun at Sunny Beach Luna Park, laugh and play at Action Aquapark, and learn about winemaking at Wine tasting Messembria.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nessebar trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Plovdiv to Nessebar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Nessebar sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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Varna, Bulgaria

— 4 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varna: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, view the masterpieces at INHOM Art Glass Gallery, and fulfill a lifelong dream with Baracuda Dive Centre.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Varna trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Varna, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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Bucharest, Romania

— 5 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Take a break from Bucharest with a short trip to Mogosoaia Palace in Mogosoaia, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, stroll around Herăstrău Park, browse the exhibits of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and don't miss a visit to Stavropoleos Monastery.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bucharest online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Varna to Bucharest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Varna in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Bucharest. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Side Trips

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Brasov, Romania

— 6 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Get out of town with these interesting Brasov side-trips: Transfagarasan Highway (in Curtea de Arges), Sinaia (Cabana Babele & Peles Castle) and Bran (Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) & Museum Medieval Bran). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brasov Historical Center, get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Urban Civilization, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muntele Tampa.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Brasov road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Brasov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brasov

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Romania travel guide

4.4
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.